December 8th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
11 months ago

Palin: 'My heart goes out to Huckabee'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke about Mike Huckabee's clemency decision and a potential third party run in 2012.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke about Mike Huckabee's clemency decision and a potential third party run in 2012.

Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin said in a recent radio appearance that Mike Huckabee made a "horrible decision" nine years ago to commute the prison sentence of the man suspected of killing four police officers in Washington, but she added that her "heart goes out" to the former Arkansas governor.

In an interview last week with conservative radio host Lars Larson, Palin called the murders "tragic" and "unfathomable."

"It was a bad decision obviously, but my heart goes out to Huckabee," the former Alaska governor said. "I love him, and I feel bad for him to be in this position. But I feel even worse for the victim's families in this situation. I do feel bad for Huckabee, but it was a horrible decision he made."

Huckabee has said he regrets the decision to commute the sentence of the suspected shooter, Maurice Clemmons, but said he thinks he made the right assessment at the time. Palin said she had never pardoned or granted clemency to prisoners when she served in Juneau.

"I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys," she said. "I'm on the good guys' side."

Pressed on her political ambitions, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee would not rule out a third party run at the White House in 2012.

"That depends on how things go in the next couple of years," she said. "It really does depend. There are enough Republicans who are realizing, 'Oh whoops, some of us liberal republicans have screwed up.' And I'm not including myself in that group, but some liberal Republicans have screwed up."

Palin said her decision rests on whether or not the GOP does a better job of appealing to its conservative base.

"If the Republican Party gets back to that base, I think our party is going to be stronger and there's not going to be a need for a third party, but I'll play that by ear in these coming months, coming years," she said.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Bruce from Alaska

    Palin is poison to the real base of the the Republican Party. She does not understand that the Party needs to get closer to center-not further to the right-to become stronger. The evangelicals, the "blue-eyed" guns and bible crowd is her base. Oh Woops Sarah you are the one screwing up. By the way-how come we haven't seen her in Alaska signing books? Could it be that we loath quiters in the Last Frontier-You Betcha it is!!

    December 8, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Doc in Virginia

    wow......if she had stuck a shotgun up Mike's "huckabee" and unloaded both barrels she couldnt have been any more damaging...."I'm on the side of the good guys.." and in saying that Huckabee is on the side of the bad guys that along with death panels will stuff your special needs kid or granny, or whoever the bad guys can get a hold of.
    Sadly, the only bad person is her....seriously bad. Huckabee may be toast now, but come primaries and she had better get on some chainmail for when he comes after her.

    December 8, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Lori

    Classy statement by a classy lady.

    December 8, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Chris

    How did people ever support any Republicans in the last 9 years?

    What planet do these people come from? Who would listen to this women?

    Oh, dumb people.

    December 8, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Stephanie

    Oh I really do hope she runs with a third party.

    December 8, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. The Other Michael in Houston

    Does anyone have an extra tomato?

    December 8, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. ObamaWillPayMyBills

    Palin also said that she would take out bin Laden even if it meant taking out others. Palin said she would pray for God’s forgiveness.

    Do you want to know her answer to the NUKE question?

    December 8, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Branden

    "I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys," she said. "I'm on the good guys' side."

    More insightful words from America's #1 Dingbat.

    December 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. ttbala

    Sarah,
    Yeah right "Your Heart Goes out for him" .
    Do you even have a heart, I don't thinlk so the only thing you have is what can I do next to profit myself, and all these brainless Repubs run after her and want her for president, come on people, I don't think even the most ignorant republican can want this brainless woman to run for any office leave alon the presidency.

    December 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Ken H.

    Mike Huckabee commuted the sentence which cut off years of prison time. This did not release the person. Huckabee has nothing to apologize for as the Parole Board made the recommendation as did a judge. Now, the 2 judges in Washington State are the bad guys here because they knew his record and still let him go. That is when these killings took place.

    December 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Jake

    "I'm on the good guys side." yeah, right! think again Palin! for starters you ran with McCain to succeed Bush/Cheney

    December 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Tania

    Enough already! This rocket surgeon is digging herself deeper and deeper.

    December 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Wanita

    It seems to me that everyone is placing the blame on everyone EXCEPT were the blame should be ON THE MONSTER AND HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO KNEW he was going to do this and who helped him.

    December 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Michele

    Two things: "mercy" is a tenet of Christianity...and she admits that she only has mercy for the people she considers "the good guys." What if someone was wrongly imprisoned, like many in our justice system? Sorry, says Palin, no mercy for you.
    Second, there she goes again with "some of us liberal Republicans have screwed up. And I'm not including myself in that group." Of course not, because Sarah Palin never met a mistake she could not blame on someone else, nor a lie she could deny saying.

    December 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. NeedChlorine

    What a great campaign tactic! Start smearing him already, Sarah. Huckabee didn't let him out, he made a decision based on the facts, which is something you should look into. There's a whole other set of people who weren't doing their job on this guy.

    You couldn't even finish your first term as governor. Please don't waste our time by running for President.

    Better yet, do. You'll pretty much guarantee Obama's second term.

    December 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. dick delson

    Huckabee is as dumb as Palin...and she's the dumbest of the dumb.

    December 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Pete

    No mercy for the "bad guys", eh? I guess that it bears pointing out that despite having one of the largest percentages of its population in prison in the industrialized world, that the US still has one of the highest crime rates per capita in the industrialized world. This macho "tough on crime", "good guys and bad guys" mentality propogated by the GOP hasn't resulted in making America safer from crime.

    December 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Average guy in Kansas

    Let's hear it for Sarah Palin for President in 2012. It would be somewhat fitting that she presided over the end of the world on 12/21/12 shortly after being elected!

    This woman is such a DUNCE!

    December 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Terry - Indiana

    Oh Please!

    December 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. mario - streamwood IL

    this is what i like about palin, she's a straight talker. she calls out huckabee for a bad decision (regardless of party's affiliation), and sent a clear message to the republican leaders about her intention for 2012 (shape up or else). no double talk. no politcal pandering. no equivocating about her position when it comes to crime.

    perhaps this is why some people hate her...for her honest views. they would rather vote for politicians who hide and lie about their views and positions on many issues to get elected, and then they are surprised when the politicians they elected turn out to be not what they expected.

    December 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Gary from Madison, WI

    MY heart goes out to the friends & families of the four slain police officers, not Huckabee. He will have to live with his mistake.

    As far as her political comments go, she should do well to hope that the GOP does not appeal more to it's base as they would lose independent votes. But, hey, she nor Huckabee don't stand a chance at that nomination anymore.

    December 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. rmf

    So, following this logic, does her heart also go out to Mike Dukakis over the Willie Horton episode?

    I didn't think so.

    December 8, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Duke

    She wasn't governor long enough to pardon anyone. It's easy for that simple minded political air doll to play monday morning quarterback when she didn't have the information that Huckabee had when he was actually a full term governor. This guy doesn't commit a crime for 9 years after he is released. If he would have committed some type of crime within the first year I can see how Huckabee would have made a bad decision. For her to say she's on the good guys side and that Huckabee is on the bad guys side shows how simple her mind works. Sarah, you are a quitter, a loser, you were a has been that never was and never will be. Go away and don't even think about coming back.

    December 8, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. What a Joke

    Let a Democratic politician done the same thing, wonder how much her "heart" would go out for them. It never ceases to amaze me that we can find forgiveness for some but not for all for doing the same thing.

    December 8, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Silence Dogoode

    How about when someone is sentenced we just leave them in jail until they serve their time? And no TV, excersize rooms or other treats? How about required counseling or you don't leave? How about restitution? How about work but all the pay goes into a victims fund?

    December 8, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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